How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should be cleaned at least once every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the age of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to ask Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can also show you more about air purification systems. We offer the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clean.Other ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Wharton home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating at 979-532-2511 or make an appointment online.